PALO ALTO, Calif.--Affymetrix has granted all Stanford University researchers access to Affymetrix's standard and custom GeneChip arrays, instrumentation, and software to monitor gene expression for use in research activities. The deal includes standard terms and conditions and volume discount pricing provisions. Conditions have been specially designed not to interfere with academic researchers' freedom to publish scientific results broadly and collaborate with colleagues.
Under Affymetrix's typical AcademicAccess agreement, a university has a term of one year and no subscription fees, an important difference from Affymetrix's other programs, said Anne Bowdidge, associate director of investor relations at Affymetrix. The discount is modest and the average annual cost is upwards of $500,000.